Saturday, February 20, 2021

Schools That Can Unveils Winners of Virtual Design Challenge for Middle School Students, Feb. 25


WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE: Online web-conference platform

ADDITIONAL: Media interviews are available upon request with the speakers. STC’s “Design Challenge” is in collaboration with the Panasonic Foundation Inc, an organization that aims to drive positive change through technology by employee volunteerism, corporate outreach initiatives and strategic philanthropic investments.

Six middle school teams from across the Northeast and Midwest, including Newark, will present real-world, eco-friendly designs to change the future of public-school infrastructure

WHAT: STC’s upcoming virtual presentation will name this year’s winners for the fifth annual “Design Challenge,” where six schools representing Newark, N.J., Pittsburgh Pa., and New York City will vie for “Best Overall,” “Best Design” and “Best Presentation” prizes. Judges will include representatives from Panasonic, Gensler and education leaders from around the country.

WHY: Schools That Can (STC) is a nonprofit organization that aims to close the opportunity and skills gap in urban areas whose program brings together middle schoolers, teachers, corporate executives and community leaders from four cities to engage in a real-world design experience: transforming urban public-school buildings into smart, green and efficient structures.

WHO: The event will include input from:


STC partners with schools to deliver engaging Education to Employment (e2e) Pathway® content that connects teachers and students to the world of work. Their programs strengthen and expand the capacity of schools and teachers to prepare historically marginalized students for careers or college and support their students on the e2e pathway. All programming builds direct connections between students, educators, and volunteers from a variety of professional fields.